Making the choice between Ipod
Shuffle, Ipod Nano or Ipod Video
While I must admit that beauty and design alone are
good reasons to buy an Ipod (especially when it comes to the Nano).
Let’s take alook at the more logical reasons for selecting
• iPod (video) The largest iPod is Apple’s “video”
iPod, although Apple refers to it as just the iPod. The battery
life for video viewing is good — up to 3-1/2 hours of use
from one battery charge. The excellent resolution (320 x 240) and
brightness of the screen of the iPod make viewing videos a delight.
The latest iPod comes in two sizes — 30 GB and 80 GB —
and, like all iPods (including the Shuffle), it can be used for
storing data as well as audio files, photos and videos. Storing
your complete iTunes library on the iPod is very easy. Just connect
your iPod to your computer, set iTunes to copy your complete library
to the iPod and iTunes will do the rest. Every time you update your
iTunes library and then connect your iPod, your music and videos
will also be updated on your iPod.
One of the advantages of the large storage capacity of the iPod
is the ability to add podcasts to your music library. You can find
a large variety of free podcasts through the iTunes Store (the easiest
way to add podcasts) and iTunes lets you easily update the podcasts
automatically or manually. You can also visit podcast websites (for
example, Podcast Net or Podcast Alley) for more podcasts, including
The iPod is, naturally, larger and heavier than a Nano, but it’s
still small enough and lightweight enough to carry in your pocket
or purse. If you need the extra storage space and/or want video
capabilities, the iPod (video) might be the right iPod for you.
• iPod Shuffle The iPod Shuffle is the smallest and least
expensive of the current iPod models. It’s also the newest
model, officially shipping just days ago, although it was first
announced and previewed by Steve Jobs in mid-September.
The Shuffle’s amazingly small size, virtual weightlessness
and good battery life (Apple reports up to 12 hours of use from
one battery charge) make it ideal for long trips or walks. The built-in
clip makes wearing the Shuffle easy and secure and it eliminates
the need for or cost of an extra case. Clip it anywhere and start
walking or jogging.
The main disadvantage to a Shuffle is the limited storage space
for music (1 GB). Some people complain that it lacks a screen, but
I find a screen is unnecessary on a Shuffle since you can arrange
music on it in the order you want to hear the songs using iTunes
and changing the volume and moving back and forth through your songs
requires no visual effort. For those who must have a screen on a
lightweight MP3 player, Apple makes the iPod Nano.
• iPod Nano Like the Shuffle, the new Nano is almost weightless
and, with the right case, it can be worn around your neck or on
your arm. The battery life of a Nano for audio playback is extremely
long (according to Apple, up to 24 hours of use from one battery
charge), especially if you use the screen and backlight minimally.
The storage capacities for a Nano are 2 GB, 4 GB and 8 GB. If you
have a small-to-medium size music collection, and you like the idea
of carrying all your music with you in as small an MP3 player as
possible, the Nano might be perfect for you. The addition of a screen
lets you select just the songs you want to hear while still providing
you with a lightweight option you can wear around your neck, carry
in your pocket or wear on your arm. You can also store and view
photos on a Nano but the storage space of the smaller Nano models
might be limiting for a photo enthusiast.
The major disadvantage to the Nano is the cost of the 4 GB and
8 GB models. The 8 GB model is the same price as a 30 GB iPod (video)
and the 4 GB model is only $50 less than the 30 GB iPod. Also, none
of the models come with accessories except a cable to connect them
to your computer or a charger, so you need to figure in the cost
of at least a cover to protect the screen of a new Nano. But the
Nano is small and lightweight and has a screen, and it may be the
perfect iPod for users with smaller music collections.
As you can see, whether your needs are for a simple, no-frills,
very small, easy-to-use music player (Shuffle), for a full-featured
music and video player (iPod) or for something in-between (Nano),
there is an iPod that is right for you. To help in making a choice,
you can view a comparison chart of the three current iPod models
at Apple’s website.